Yesterday Randy Bryce of the excellent Iron Stache blog posted a piece questioning why Julie Meyer decided to challenge incumbent Democratic State Rep. Christine Sinicki in the 20th Assembly district. In his piece Bryce pointed out the many positive things Rep. Sinicki has done during her time in office, but he also noted the recent behavior of Julie Meyer’s husband Michael Meyer, who showed up at a campaign event for Rep. Sinicki and then seemed to challenge one of Rep. Sinicki’s sons to a physical altercation following the event as seen in the video below.
To add context to the video, the person taking the video is Jim Sinicki, one of Rep. Sinicki’s sons. The person yelling from his vehicle at Jim Sinicki is Michael Meyer, husband to Julie Meyer, Rep. Sinicki’s challenger in the Democratic primary. At one point in the exchange, Meyer yells, “If you’re feeling froggy sir jump” at Jim Sinicki. I was present during the exchange between Michael Meyer and Jim Sinicki, and Meyer’s statement seemed to me to be an attempt to provoke a physical altercation with Jim Sinicki.
In addition to his behavior after Rep. Sinicki’s event, Michael Meyer got into a confrontation with Sinicki’s supporters during her event, as you can see in the video below.
What’s truly troubling about Michael Meyer’s behavior during and after Rep. Sinicki’s event is that he has a history of engaging in harassing behavior, resulting in a harassment restraining order being issued against Michael Meyer until September 25, 2016. According to the Wisconsin Circuit Court Access website the court found Michael Meyer had engaged in a pattern of conduct against an individual that established grounds of harassment on his part, and a harassment injunction was issued against him.
Court finds that there has been a pattern of conduct that respondent has engaged in and finds that the petitioner has established grounds of harrassment by the respondent. Court therefore affirms the decision entered on 9/25/12 by Comm. Honrath and that the injunction shall remain in full force and effect.
As I noted above the harassment restraining order against Michael Meyer is in effect until September 25, 2016.